Man pleads guilty in Charleston sexual assault case

Kanawha County prosecutors say Carl C. Mosley, 23, of Charleston pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree sexual assault. (West Virginia Regional Jail)

Kanawha County prosecutors said a man charged in the sexual assault of a woman who was arrested after Charleston police said his IHOP work hat with his initials inside was found outside of the victim’s residence has pleaded guilty in the case.

Carl C. Mosley, 23, of Charleston pleaded guilty Monday in Kanawha County Circuit Court to second-degree sexual assault, according to a news release from the Kanawha County Prosecutor’s Office.

Mosley will be sentenced at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 18. He faces an indeterminate term of 10 to 25 years in prison, lifetime sexual offender registration and up to 50 years of extended supervision when he is released from prison.

Charleston police said detectives responded to Women and Children’s Hospital to investigate a reported rape. Police said a woman who lives in the 1500 block of Washington Street East said she heard someone downstairs, and she went investigate. She said she saw a man holding a handgun, and he shined a light in her face and demanded that she put her dog away.

The man then asked her “if she wanted to die.” At gunpoint, the woman was forced downstairs, and the man rummaged through her purse and found about $400 and an unknown amount of change from a jar. After taking the money, the man told the woman to get on the couch. The woman resisted and tried to scream, and the man again asked her if she wanted to die. The man then held the woman at gunpoint and forced her to have sex, according to the criminal complaint.

Police said the woman described her attacker. Detectives found the IHOP work hat with the initials C.C. Mosley outside and in front of the victim’s residence beside a bent screw driver, the complaint said.

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